To glowing reports and near universal praise, the Walt Disney company announced new nutrition standards for food products targeted at children and advertised on its children directed media. Continue reading
NBC Nightly News reported on new research that “could lead to a simple way of telling women who have already been treated for breast cancer, whether their disease could come back.” Continue reading
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raised a red flag, saying the risk of bleeding even from low dose aspirin everyday is greater than previously thought. Continue reading
ABC World News reported, “More than 1.2 million Americans will suffer a heart attack this year and today, a new report declared one state, North Carolina, is showing the rest of us how to save lives.” Continue reading
Another study supports the antioxidant goodness of dark, but not milk, chocolate. Continue reading
Magnesium supplements are among the most popular supplements in the U.S. But which magnesium supplements are best? Continue reading
A big new study says common pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can cut the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.
On NBC Nightly News, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman, MD, explained, “In a Danish study published in ‘Cancer,’ over 18,000 people who took these drugs for several years had decreased cancer rates of malignant melanoma.”
Investigators found that people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) “were less likely to develop skin cancer – including squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma – especially when they took the drugs for at least seven years or used them at least twice a week,” the Time “Healthland” blog reports. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Food and Drug Administration is warning that a fake version of Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts) is being sold on the Internet.
The AP reports that the agency “says the product purports to be 30-milligram Adderall tablets, but it does not contain the right ingredients. The pills contain the pain drugs tramadol and acetaminophen instead.”
The Boston Globe reports that the agency, in a media statement, said, “Consumers should be extra cautious when buying their medicines from online sources.” According to the FDA, “Rogue websites and distributors may especially target medicines in short supply for counterfeiting.” Continue reading
Reuters reports on a study of 10,000 medical malpractice claims during the years 2002-2005 published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that a little over half (55 percent) result in lawsuits. Of those, over half are dismissed; most of the remaining are resolved before a verdict, with under five percent resulting in a trial verdict. Continue reading
Body-building and weight-loss products are the types of dietary supplements most likely to cause liver injury, according to a small new study. Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that “losing as little as 5% of one’s body weight – 10 pounds for a 200-pound woman – drives down levels of estrogen and other hormones that raise breast cancer risk,” according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Continue reading
Many American teenagers, including some with a normal, healthy weight, already have one or more risk factors for heart disease, researchers say. Continue reading
A new study shows type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes have skyrocketed among adolescents.
USA Today reports, “Diabetes and pre-diabetes have skyrocketed among the nation’s young people, jumping from 9% of the adolescent population in 2000 to 23% in 2008,” according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.
For the study, researchers “examined health data on about 3,400 adolescents ages 12 to 19 from 1999 through 2008. They participated in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”
The study authors “found little significant change in the last decade for teen rates of hypertension or abnormal cholesterol,” the Washington Post “On Parenting” blog reports. “There was also little change in the percentage of overweight and obese teens, but at 34 percent that figure remains troubling.”
However, “it was the spike in diabetes and prediabetes that stood out. The analysis shows a steady uptick in the percentages with the conditions since 1999.”
The Time “Healthland” blog points out, “While heart attacks and strokes typically don’t occur until adulthood, CDC researchers found that in many cases, the 3,400 teens studied had an alarming number of cardiovascular risk factors. Most unnerving was the conclusion that 37% of normal-weight teens had at least one risk factor.” Continue reading